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Free Thoughts Podcast

By Libertarianism.org

A weekly show about politics and liberty, featuring conversations with top scholars, philosophers, historians, economists, and public policy experts. Hosted by Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus and produced by Tess Terrible. Free Thoughts is a project of Libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute.

  1. 1.
    The Sad History of the FCC (with Thomas Hazlett)20 July 2018
    46:14
  2. 2.
    When FDR Took Americans’ Gold (with Sebastian Edwards)13 July 2018
    57:59
  3. 3.
    Regulation Magazine, Summer 2018 (with Peter Van Doren)9 July 2018
    13:20
  4. 4.
    Trump’s Immigration Crackdown (with Alex Nowrasteh)6 July 2018
    44:50
  5. 5.
    Introducing Building Tomorrow!5 July 2018
    9:42
  6. 6.
    An Ecological Theory of Free Expression (with Gary Chartier)29 June 2018
    48:00
  7. 7.
    Beyond the Sea: The Possibilities of Seasteading22 June 2018
    50:16
  8. 8.
    Our Fragile National Ego: Foreign Policy and the Struggle for Prestige15 June 2018
    45:24
  1. 9.
    Pharmaceutical Freedom (with Jessica Flanigan)8 June 2018
    58:58
  2. 10.
    Hamilton v. Madison (with Jay Cost)1 June 2018
    58:14
  3. 11.
    Tomorrow 3.0: Uberizing The Economy (with Mike Munger)25 May 2018
    52:24
  4. 12.
    The Future of Money (with Diego Zuluaga)18 May 2018
    48:27
  5. 13.
    Trade War! (with Dan Ikenson)11 May 2018
    45:56
  6. 14.
    What’s Facebook Done With My Data? (with Will Duffield)4 May 2018
    51:56
  7. 15.
    Peter Van Doren Vs. MS-1327 April 2018
    55:49
  8. 16.
    Ayn Rand: An Introduction (with Eamonn Butler)20 April 2018
    50:50
  9. 17.
    Speak Freely (with Keith E. Whittington)13 April 2018
    46:54
  10. 18.
    WTF?! Economics (with Peter T. Leeson)6 April 2018
    48:40
  11. 19.
    Understanding Common Law (with John Hasnas)30 March 2018
    47:32
  12. 20.
    Forensics, Pseudoscience and Criminal Injustice (with Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington)23 March 2018
    39:15
  13. 21.
    Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man (with Timothy Sandefur)16 March 2018
    49:09
  14. 22.
    Why Are Cops Unaccountable? (with Jay Schweikert and Clark Neily)9 March 2018
    54:21
  15. 23.
    Is the DEA Trippin'? (with Rick Doblin)2 March 2018
    57:00
  16. 24.
    The Pope’s Politics23 February 2018
    43:22
  17. 25.
    The Case Against Education16 February 2018
    52:00
  18. 26.
    Contracts and Cryptography9 February 2018
    53:12
  19. 27.
    How the Media Really Works2 February 2018
    48:37
  20. 28.
    Choose Your Own Government26 January 2018
    1:01:40
  21. 29.
    Trump’s Assault on America’s Institutions19 January 2018
    48:39
  22. 30.
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia12 January 2018
    45:01
  23. 31.
    Guns and Mass Shootings5 January 2018
    51:28
  24. 32.
    How the Federal Reserve Works29 December 2017
    58:11
  25. 33.
    Free Speech Online22 December 2017
    53:00
  26. 34.
    How Conscious Capitalism Can Solve Global Poverty15 December 2017
    57:44
  27. 35.
    How the Powerful Captured the Economy8 December 2017
    49:20
  28. 36.
    Punk Rock Politics1 December 2017
    55:56
  29. 37.
    How the Right Lost Its Mind24 November 2017
    48:23
  30. 38.
    Do Employers Rule Our Lives?17 November 2017
    53:53
  31. 39.
    Your World on the Blockchain10 November 2017
    56:26
  32. 40.
    The Implications of Behavioral Economics3 November 2017
    58:05
  33. 41.
    How Drug Prohibition Caused the Opioid Crisis27 October 2017
    49:23
  34. 42.
    Washington's Five Tricks20 October 2017
    41:45
  35. 43.
    Is the Iran Deal a Good Deal?13 October 2017
    53:11
  36. 44.
    The Real James Buchanan6 October 2017
    1:03:02
  37. 45.
    North Korea 10129 September 2017
    47:13
  38. 46.
    Ten Things Political Scientists Know that You Don’t22 September 2017
    56:00
  39. 47.
    Lessons from the Anti-Federalists15 September 2017
    46:53
  40. 48.
    What's the Right Number of Koala Bears?8 September 2017
    52:46
  41. 49.
    Rights and Radicalism1 September 2017
    56:46
  42. 50.
    Arguments for Liberty: Utilitarianism25 August 2017
    46:07
  43. 51.
    Free Thoughts on Free Thoughts: 200 Episodes and Counting18 August 2017
    45:11
  44. 52.
    Close America's Overseas Bases11 August 2017
    50:33
  45. 53.
    The Fate of the West4 August 2017
    46:03
  46. 54.
    Neoliberalism in the U.K.28 July 2017
    47:47
  47. 55.
    We Broke the First Rule of Fight Club21 July 2017
    49:45
  48. 56.
    Who Elected Donald Trump?14 July 2017
    45:27
  49. 57.
    Arguments for Liberty: Rawlsianism7 July 2017
    55:34
  50. 58.
    Liberalism 1.030 June 2017
    51:30
  51. 59.
    Markets in Everything?23 June 2017
    1:08:29
  52. 60.
    Lessons from a Bank-Robbing Law Professor16 June 2017
    46:21
  53. 61.
    Private Schooling for Everyone9 June 2017
    46:54
  54. 62.
    Is Liberalism in Danger?2 June 2017
    49:16
  55. 63.
    Stories from Putin's Economist26 May 2017
    1:16:35
  56. 64.
    Nothing Is Secure19 May 2017
    1:03:04
  57. 65.
    The True Causes of Mass Incarceration12 May 2017
    1:05:36
  58. 66.
    Why We're Too Complacent5 May 2017
    49:09
  59. 67.
    The War on Sex Work28 April 2017
    46:29
  60. 68.
    Introducing Liberty Chronicles, a New Podcast from Libertarianism.org25 April 2017
    2:29
  61. 69.
    Guantanamo Bay Is Still Open21 April 2017
    50:57
  62. 70.
    How Much Should We Worry About ISIS?14 April 2017
    47:55
  63. 71.
    Stuck in Political Nostalgia7 April 2017
    48:20
  64. 72.
    Can Anarchy Work?31 March 2017
    48:19
  65. 73.
    The CIA Listens to Free Thoughts25 March 2017
    58:37
  66. 74.
    Must You Obey Government?17 March 2017
    1:01:13
  67. 75.
    The Cato Institute at 4010 March 2017
    51:05
  68. 76.
    How Economists Think About Health Care3 March 2017
    59:35
  69. 77.
    A Muslim Case for Liberty24 February 2017
    46:06
  70. 78.
    The Libertarian Student Movement17 February 2017
    53:47
  71. 79.
    Taking Government Un-Seriously10 February 2017
    49:14
  72. 80.
    The Truth About Immigration3 February 2017
    55:32
  73. 81.
    Liberaltarianism and Trump27 January 2017
    48:20
  74. 82.
    King Obama, King Trump: The Dangers of an Imperial Presidency20 January 2017
    54:45
  75. 83.
    Wages and Workers13 January 2017
    50:29
  76. 84.
    Arguments for Liberty: Kantianism6 January 2017
    51:10
  77. 85.
    Harambe to Trump: 2016 Was the Worst30 December 2016
    52:03
  78. 86.
    The Gold Standard Won't Be Coming Back23 December 2016
    52:48
  79. 87.
    The Permission Society: How the Ruling Class Turns Our Freedoms into Privileges and What We Can Do About It16 December 2016
    49:02
  80. 88.
    Why Schools Haven't Changed in Hundreds of Years9 December 2016
    50:59
  81. 89.
    Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future2 December 2016
    53:10
  82. 90.
    College: Too Costly, Too Little Learning, Too Much Underemployment25 November 2016
    52:28
  83. 91.
    Why Can't You Email Your Doctor?18 November 2016
    52:57
  84. 92.
    The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians11 November 2016
    36:09
  85. 93.
    Bonus Election Day Episode: Should Libertarians Vote?8 November 2016
    1:07:33
  86. 94.
    Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective4 November 2016
    40:34
  87. 95.
    People, Not Ratios: Why the Debate Over Income Inequality Asks the Wrong Questions28 October 2016
    45:46
  88. 96.
    Communicating Liberty Through Film and the Making Of "Freedom on Trial"21 October 2016
    49:13
  89. 97.
    Explaining the Rise of Donald Trump14 October 2016
    44:21
  90. 98.
    Rituals of Freedom: Libertarian Themes in Early Confucianism7 October 2016
    42:50
  91. 99.
    Politics As a Peculiar Business: Insights from a Theory of Entangled Political Economy30 September 2016
    50:45
  92. 100.
    Thin Blue Lies: How Pretextual Stops Undermine Police Legitimacy23 September 2016
    48:47
  93. 101.
    Against Democracy16 September 2016
    57:49
  94. 102.
    Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image in His Own Time9 September 2016
    58:58
  95. 103.
    The World According to Star Wars2 September 2016
    52:41
  96. 104.
    Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People26 August 2016
    53:40
  97. 105.
    Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present19 August 2016
    1:03:26
  98. 106.
    The Free Market Existentialist: Capitalism without Consumerism12 August 2016
    46:00
  99. 107.
    Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions5 August 2016
    57:06
  100. 108.
    John Stuart Mill's On Liberty, Part 129 July 2016
    1:02:36
  101. 109.
    How American Politics Went Insane22 July 2016
    46:53
  102. 110.
    Campus Freedom15 July 2016
    52:31
  103. 111.
    Specialization and Trade: A Re-introduction to Economics8 July 2016
    48:18
  104. 112.
    How New Technology Is Changing Law Enforcement1 July 2016
    53:49
  105. 113.
    The Constitution in Practice: From Liberty to Leviathan24 June 2016
    1:11:25
  106. 114.
    The Philosophical Foundations of the Constitution17 June 2016
    52:21
  107. 115.
    The Statrix: How Government Warps Our Perception of the World10 June 2016
    56:10
  108. 116.
    Teaching School Choice to the American Education System3 June 2016
    52:40
  109. 117.
    The Bourgeois Era27 May 2016
    53:12
  110. 118.
    Socrates on Trial, Part 2: Crito20 May 2016
    47:26
  111. 119.
    The Skeptical Libertarian13 May 2016
    47:01
  112. 120.
    Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs6 May 2016
    1:01:58
  113. 121.
    The Ideas of Adam Smith29 April 2016
    56:30
  114. 122.
    Why Liberty Takes Character22 April 2016
    43:55
  115. 123.
    Rothbard's Ethics of Liberty, Part 215 April 2016
    1:05:14
  116. 124.
    Hume and the Politics of Enlightenment8 April 2016
    50:06
  117. 125.
    The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America1 April 2016
    46:17
  118. 126.
    The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory25 March 2016
    54:15
  119. 127.
    The Fight for Free Speech in the Courts18 March 2016
    55:16
  120. 128.
    Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics, and American Economics in the Progressive Era11 March 2016
    1:00:35
  121. 129.
    What's Wrong With Labor Unions?4 March 2016
    42:44
  122. 130.
    Transportation, Land Use, and Freedom26 February 2016
    47:16
  123. 131.
    Why Property Rights Matter19 February 2016
    56:10
  124. 132.
    How Well Does the Constitution Protect Liberty?12 February 2016
    48:44
  125. 133.
    Socrates on Trial, Part 1: Apology5 February 2016
    59:34
  126. 134.
    What Role Should Science Play in Public Policy?29 January 2016
    51:35
  127. 135.
    Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy22 January 2016
    44:23
  128. 136.
    Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System15 January 2016
    58:03
  129. 137.
    The Tyranny of Silence8 January 2016
    57:42
  130. 138.
    Intellectual Influences on Our 2015 Guests1 January 2016
    1:16:03
  131. 139.
    Politics and Principle in New Zealand25 December 2015
    50:50
  132. 140.
    The Politics of Star Wars18 December 2015
    53:46
  133. 141.
    What Are the Risks of Terrorism?11 December 2015
    58:16
  134. 142.
    Building a Better Government4 December 2015
    1:05:24
  135. 143.
    The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge27 November 2015
    41:45
  136. 144.
    Taking a Stand20 November 2015
    1:03:25
  137. 145.
    The Politics of Star Trek13 November 2015
    58:27
  138. 146.
    The Legacy of Roy A. Childs, Jr.6 November 2015
    58:52
  139. 147.
    The Distinction Between Governance and Government30 October 2015
    1:04:30
  140. 148.
    America's Authoritarian Alliances23 October 2015
    40:33
  141. 149.
    Rothbard's Ethics of Liberty, Part 116 October 2015
    50:13
  142. 150.
    "Ideological Dorks"9 October 2015
    57:47
  143. 151.
    The End of Doom2 October 2015
    59:15
  144. 152.
    "Net Neutrality" vs. Internet Freedom25 September 2015
    1:03:24
  145. 153.
    Why Young People Aren't Interested in Running for Office18 September 2015
    50:51
  146. 154.
    Toleration11 September 2015
    56:22
  147. 155.
    The Libertarian Moment?3 September 2015
    51:36
  148. 156.
    War Is the Health of the State28 August 2015
    53:56
  149. 157.
    Lysander Spooner's Letter to Grover Cleveland21 August 2015
    59:00
  150. 158.
    Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?14 August 2015
    50:03
  151. 159.
    A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America7 August 2015
    48:56
  152. 160.
    Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis31 July 2015
    51:57
  153. 161.
    When Is Voluntary Choice Really Voluntary?24 July 2015
    47:45
  154. 162.
    What Does It Mean to Think Philosophically?20 July 2015
    1:07:07
  155. 163.
    How Much Should Philosophy Influence Public Policy?13 July 2015
    54:33
  156. 164.
    Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom6 July 2015
    56:40
  157. 165.
    The Enterprise of Law: Justice Without the State29 June 2015
    1:01:36
  158. 166.
    The Education Apocalypse: How It Happened and How to Survive It22 June 2015
    50:17
  159. 167.
    Taxation: How the Government Funds Itself15 June 2015
    46:42
  160. 168.
    The Ideas of Friedrich Hayek8 June 2015
    53:09
  161. 169.
    The Austrian Tradition in Economics1 June 2015
    57:58
  162. 170.
    From Jailer to Jailed: Bernard Kerik's Story25 May 2015
    52:11
  163. 171.
    End the IRS Before It Ends Us18 May 2015
    58:37
  164. 172.
    How Free Trade Creates Wealth11 May 2015
    57:55
  165. 173.
    The Cato Institute and the Libertarian Movement4 May 2015
    51:51
  166. 174.
    The Radical Notion of Individualism27 April 2015
    54:05
  167. 175.
    Big Business Loves Big Government: Cronyism in American Politics20 April 2015
    50:31
  168. 176.
    The End of Socialism13 April 2015
    59:06
  169. 177.
    Why Transparency Matters in Local Politics6 April 2015
    47:17
  170. 178.
    How Does Libertarianism Deal with the Problem of Pollution?30 March 2015
    58:20
  171. 179.
    Did Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal Really Save America?23 March 2015
    55:15
  172. 180.
    The Problem of Police Misconduct16 March 2015
    48:45
  173. 181.
    Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption9 March 2015
    1:08:39
  174. 182.
    How Obamacare Really Works...and How It Doesn't2 March 2015
    1:00:00
  175. 183.
    What Makes a Fair Election?23 February 2015
    54:16
  176. 184.
    The Second Amendment at the Supreme Court16 February 2015
    1:01:39
  177. 185.
    When the Government Takes Things9 February 2015
    1:03:33
  178. 186.
    The Moral Arc of Science and Reason2 February 2015
    43:28
  179. 187.
    How Government Housing Policy Distorts the American Dream26 January 2015
    1:02:36
  180. 188.
    What Does Libertarian Feminism Look Like?19 January 2015
    41:28
  181. 189.
    An Introduction to Public Choice12 January 2015
    58:15
  182. 190.
    The Right to Earn a Living5 January 2015
    56:34
  183. 191.
    The Inhumanity of Torture29 December 2014
    48:33
  184. 192.
    Science Doesn't Need Public Funding22 December 2014
    50:59
  185. 193.
    The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels15 December 2014
    53:38
  186. 194.
    Welcome to the Sharing Economy8 December 2014
    49:21
  187. 195.
    The Limits of Utilitarianism1 December 2014
    52:03
  188. 196.
    Liberty and the American Experience24 November 2014
    56:15
  189. 197.
    What Influences Elections?17 November 2014
    56:59
  190. 198.
    The Cost of Earning More Money10 November 2014
    46:48
  191. 199.
    The Internet Doesn't Need to Be Saved3 November 2014
    53:55
  192. 200.
    When Is It Appropriate to Go to War?27 October 2014
    53:10

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